Some Paktia towns struggling with telecom services
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of some districts of southeastern Paktia province say they had been unable to access telecommunication services not for more than six hours in 24 hours over the past few months.
These districts include Dand Patan, Samkani, Lazha Mangal and Janikhel. A resident of the Dand Patan district, Qamruddin, told Pajhwok Afghan News that telecommunication companies provided their services to customers from 9am to 3pm.
He said the district was located five kilometers from the Pakistani border and its residents needed continued telecom services for their businesses. He said the problem had emerged a few months ago and in the past, they did not face such suspension of the telecom services.
A shopkeeper in Samkani district, Haji Muallim, held similar views and said the limited telecom services had created many problems for local residents.
He said there were fewer security problems in Paktia when compared to some other provinces, but the province faced more telecommunication problems than other provinces.
In the Lazha Mangal district, only MTN Telecom Company has been operational. Lal Marjan, a resident of the district, said: “For years, telecom networks had not been working properly in our district. Even the only service (MTN) could be hardly accessed near the district centre.”
He said people travelled to other areas for making calls or climbed mountains.
Telecommunication Director Abdullah Totakhel acknowledged the problem in these districts and promised to work for its early solution. However, he did not how the problem created.
He said they planned to improve communication services in districts where such services did not work properly.
Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology officials say about 80 percent of the country’s populations have access to telecom services, a percentage to be increased to 90 this year.
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